2012-13 Play Reading Series
Pvt. Wars by James McLure.
November 13 at 7 PM
Pvt. Wars is a perceptive and touching play which deals with three Vietnam veterans recuperating in an Army hospital. It is both compassionate and funny while remaining uncompromisingly honest. Pvt. Wars follows the irreverent doings of Gately, a hillbilly who fiddles compulsively with a disemboweled radio; Silvio, a streetwise, big-city type who is addicted to “flashing” and Natwick, a prissy “rich kid” from Long Island who writes letters to his mother telling her how much he wants to become a close friend of Gately. Comprised of a series of brief blackout scenes, the play blends these into a meaningful mosaic as the three tease, torment, entertain, exasperate and, on occasion, solace each other—maintaining throughout a hilarity that belies their deep concern about the uncertainties of the civilian world to which they will soon be returning.
“deftly constructed, often very funny a true grasp on the absurdities of living”
New York Times